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Poll: Palestinians back negotiations with Israel
Published Monday 30/08/2010 (updated) 01/09/2010 09:04
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two-thirds of Palestinians are in favor of either direct or indirect negotiations with Israel, the results of a new poll released Monday finds.

The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion surveyed over 1,000 Palestinians from the West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and Gaza earlier this month, ahead of the resumption of direct talks in Washington on 2 September.

Around one-third (31.7 percent) of Palestinians were in favor of resuming direct negotiations, while 31.1 percent favored continuing indirect talks.

Center director Nabil Kukali said the result indicated “that the Palestinian people chose the strategy of peace.”

Palestinians expressed pessimism about US involvement, however. A clear majority (79.4 percent) believe the visit of the US envoy George Mitchell will not lead to any progress in the peace process, while two-thirds do not think US President Barack Obama was capable of establishing a Palestinian state.

More than half of the respondents supported a two-state solution, while 26.7 percent were in favor of a one bi-national state. A minority of 4.9 percent said there is no solution to the conflict.

Asked about internal Palestinian politics, almost half the respondents said they believed a government with a majority of independents would best serve the interests of Palestinian people. One-third would prefer a Fatah majority, while 14 percent said a Hamas majority would be in Palestine’s best interests.

More than half (54.4 percent) of Palestinians thought the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority governed better than the Hamas-led Gaza government, while 17 percent preferred Hamas. Both had performed equally according to 22.7 percent of respondents.

Family and money dominated, with 43.5 percent citing the economy as their primary concern. For 30 percent of Palestinians, the future was their main concern.

Almost 70 percent said they were worried about the subsistence of their family.
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1 ) Malach HaMavet / Gehenem
30/08/2010 22:55
It was ony the other day that Meshal claimed that the concensus was against any negotiations

Who are we to believe, Meshal or the People ?

Poll: Palestinians back negotiations with Israel

2 ) Mahmoud / Palestine
30/08/2010 23:34
Once again this proves to that Palestinians inside the West Bank and Gaza want a solution, Hamas's popularity is so low especially after their coup over Gaza. If only Israel and foreign media shows that the majority want a solution instead of showing us the 10% that want to kill jews.

3 ) Ali / US
31/08/2010 07:58
dishonest title. dishonest survey 31% support negotiations only. indirect negotiations means no talks.

4 ) Mohammed / Pali-US
31/08/2010 13:12
The poll consisted of 100 people and they were all related to Abbas(Ibliss) and they all wanted peace talks, even though they ate 20 yrs worth of peace talks that yielded nothing. awwwwwww, I forget they also stuffed their pockets with millions of $$$$$$$.. So , who really wants these peace talks , Ramallah scum bags, or all of Palestinians, domestically and abroad, let me think, if that poll was taking then I would find that level to be at 0.00001%

5 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
31/08/2010 17:52
3 ) Ali / US

Taking your negative comments into consideration, you must have a valid survey that you can post for all to see and evaluate

Don't hesistate, do it now !!!

6 ) Palestinian activist / Palestine
31/08/2010 22:55
Mahmoud / Palestine....I don't understand what you mean by "this shows the majority wants a solution"....who doesn't want a solution? But the solution has to be just and fair, and many believe that the direct negotiations will be neither. On the contrary, they will be damaging because Israel will use them as a fig leaf. Also, why are you attacking Hamas? Hamas said it will seize it's resistance once a fair deal is reached (which includes the right of return and passes a referendum).

7 ) Peter / USA
31/08/2010 23:46
The article fails to say whether the majority of those polled will 1) accept Israel as a Jewish state; and 2) give up the right of return. Being willing to negotiate but refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and give up the right to return means there will be no peace.

8 ) Mahmoud / Palestine
01/09/2010 03:06
#6: What I meant is a majority want negotiations, instead of using useless tactic of firing aimless missiles into Israel that have brought us nothing but the destruction of Gaza, the murder of 1500 people and thousands others homeless in the streets, above all Hamas enforces taxes on them, just as long as their money is coming in they dont care less about the dying people of Gaza. Hamas is against resistance since the Gaza offensive and they accept 67 land, so why do they refuse to reconcile????

9 ) Palestinian activist / Palestine
01/09/2010 08:01
#8: It's obvious you're brainwashed and have a very short vision. #7: take your racist views and go somewhere else.

10 ) Martin O'Brien / UK
05/09/2010 14:55
The article presumes that the "negotiations" are legitimate. In fact, they constitute the most complete contempt for the UN Charter, Human Rights and International Law. On the one side we have "Israel", which by sheer logic, cannot be a legitimate state until it reinstates its Nakba refugees and their descendants - UDHR Articles 9, 13, 15 and 21 refer. On the other side we have a PA President whose elected term of office expired nearly two years ago and who conspired with "Israel", (continues)

11 ) Martin O'Brien / UK
05/09/2010 15:08
(continuation) the "mediator" (United States), Jordan and Egypt to overthrow the democratically elected Government of the OPT. The "mediator" unceasingly and openly puts its own material interests before its duties under the UN Charter. International Law makes the Right of Return inalienable and bans the retention of conquered territory. The "negotiations" violate both principles. By countenancing these "negotiations" we forfeit our own and our children's protection by the UN Charter.
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